March 5, 1931-Nov. 18, 2022
Dean Nelson Pearson peacefully returned to his heavenly home on Nov. 18, 2022. He was born on March 5, 1931, at home in Mink Creek, Idaho, to Perry and Hannah Pearson, the eighth of nine children – older siblings Carmen, Douglas, Cecil, Thora, Roy, Ray, Thelma and younger sister Colleen.
While Dean was a sophomore, his father passed away. Dean graduated from Preston High School in 1949 and began his studies at BYU. Dean was then called to serve in the Southwest Indian LDS Mission. After returning from his mission in 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Dean returned to BYU following his honorable discharge and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education and History. He then continued at BYU and completed a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Psychology. After teaching and being a school counselor for two years at Manti High School, Dean returned to BYU to obtain a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Psychology.
On June 10, 1964, Dean was sealed to Rebecca Hawkes in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They moved to Cedar City, where Dean was director of counseling at the College of Southern Utah (now SUU). During this time, Dean represented Utah for three years as an ACT Corporation member, did ACT research, ran the testing program and started the CLEP program.
In the summer of 1966, he completed post-graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He finished his dissertation and was awarded a Ph.D. from BYU in 1973. Also in 1973, Dean began working as a licensed clinical psychologist for Southwest Utah Mental Health. He served as chief psychologist for five counties. His work included extensive involvement with schools and the juvenile court system in southwestern Utah. He was the “designated examiner” for the Utah State Division of Mental Health and was Chairman of the Peer Review Committee.
In the fall of 1984, he was a guest presenter in Chicago to share his paper on Dissociative Identity Disorder. He retired from Southwest Utah Mental Health in 2000. Dean has always been very active with a strong testimony in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings including High Councilor, Bishopric Counselor, Bishop, St. George and Cedar City Temple Ordinance Worker and constant missionary.
Dean is survived by his beloved wife Rebecca and their seven children Robert Pearson, Alan (Mary) Pearson, Holly (Steve) Jolley, Janet (Brian) Chamberlain, Suzanne (Lee) Roundy, Mary Lynne (Nathan) Miller and Kristin (Preston) Porter; 30 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one sister Colleen Hawkes.
In addition to his family, church and work responsibilities, on the side he found time to develop interest and skills as a boat builder, stone mason, fisherman, cement worker, hunter, game show winner, car-body repairman, harmonica player, dune buggy and home remodeler, carpenter, motorcyclist, architect, author, electrician, storyteller, lumberjack, baker, mountain explorer, gardener, tile setter, all-around fix-it fellow, inventor (of unique wheat grinder, personalized solar heating system, etc.), international traveler and loyal friend.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Cedar View chapel, 1925 West 320 South. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made on the Southern Utah Mortuary website.
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